Loretta (Spahr) Rodvelt of Mount Vernon passed away on Thursday, May 27, 2021 at Skagit Valley Hospital. She was born on June 13, 1926 to George and Lucy Spahr at her parent's home on Fir Island next to Skagit City School. She attended Conway School and graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 1944.
Meeting a friend of her friend's boyfriend, a young man first home from serving in the Army, Loretta decided they were meant for each other. They got married and had three children: Jane (Rodney) Hansen, Janice (Leroy) Tippie and Gary (Linda) Rodvelt. Her children gave her grandchildren and even a great-great-granddaughter. Loretta was also blessed with many other family members, including some special nieces and nephews along with friends.
Loretta was very creative and had a wide range of talents and interests. For years she sewed everything: Children's clothing, dresses, possie shirts and cheerleading uniforms. The most unusual was a clown costume for a horse. That one won first prize in the costume category! In her sewing, she saved wooden spools in a barrel, probably several hundred. Loretta ended up using the wooden spools and other items to build a doll house.
She once saw a cute house along the highway north of Marysville, and the house reminded her of the house in which she was born. It was with this image that she built her dollhouse out of wooden spools. She and her late husband Kermit helped build a turntable for this doll house so that people could see all the particular items in it.
Kermit and Loretta donated the dollhouse to the Skagit Historical Museum where it has been on display a number of times. One visitor wrote that the dollhouse was so complete that a person could live in it!
A graveside inurnment of Loretta will be held on Friday, June 4, 2021 at 1:00 PM at Bow Cemetery, Bow, WA. You are encouraged to send your stories and condolences to Loretta's family at www.kernfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements for Loretta are under the care of Kern Funeral Home.
If you would like to remember Loretta with a donation, please consider one of these causes:
- Skagit County Historical Museum (501 S. 4th St, La Conner, WA 98257), where the doll house lives;
- American Diabetes Association (PO Box 7023, Merrifield, WA 22116-7023)
- Bird Food Fund at Alpine Ridge Retirement Apartment (401 North 17th Street Mount Vernon, WA 98273), where she brought great joy to birds, especially ducks and hummingbirds, for the 12 years she lived there.
Loretta enjoyed a loving Jehovah God and life!
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Published by Skagit Valley Herald on Jun. 3, 2021.